Firstly, welcome to Stoke Park Primary School and Nursery! We are delighted that you will be joining us in September 2021! If this is your first experience as a parent at a Nursery, it can be pretty nerve wracking at the best of times and for those of you who have done this before, this time will be slightly different due to the current pandemic.
Although we have dates in the diary – ‘stay and play’ dates alongside home visits, we now do not know if they will be able to go ahead. However, we are going to do everything we can to help you and your children settle in and be ready to start Nursery in September.
We have been thinking through how we can support you and your children in transition to Nursery in these difficult and unusual circumstances. Exactly what we do will depend on what the Government guidelines are in the months ahead but our first contingency is to introduce ourselves to you and your children at home. In the meantime we will be sending out welcome packs to those parents and children registered to start in September.
What We Need From You
If you wish to take up your offer of a place at Stoke Park Nursery School and you have not yet done so, could you return your acceptance form electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand in at the office. (We have already received some forms – thank you!)
Could you also make sure we have a current e-mail address for you so we can set up a distribution list, contact details below.
We hope to see you all soon but, in the meantime, stay safe. If you require further information, please email: email@example.com
Natasha Williams, Nursery teacher
Annette Daly, Nursery Teaching Assistant
Welcome to the Nursery staff
We can’t wait to meet you all properly but we can’t do that just yet, so in the meantime here are a few messages.
Hi, my name is Natasha Williams and I am the Nursery teacher in Ladybird class alongside Mrs Daly. I am so proud to work with her and believe we are a brilliant team! This will be my 21st year at Stoke Park School, I love it here! I am looking forward to working with all the new families and those returning in September and can’t wait to get to know you all.
Hi, my name is Annette Daly and I am the Nursery Teaching Assistant. I live locally and I think Stoke Park School is the best! I am proud to work in Ladybird class alongside Mrs Williams, we enjoy making learning fun and can’t wait to get to know you all.
Home Visits – We hope to carry out home visits before you start in September although these may not be possible now. We will keep you informed as much as possible about the arrangement for these.
The home visit is an opportunity for your child’s teacher and teaching assistant to come visit him or her in his own home prior to the start of school. We believe that those children who have a home visit prior to the start of school begin the school year with less separation anxiety and more confidence. It is a chance to meet your child and yourselves in the comfort of your own home and establish strong, positive communication with our parents and carers.
Before starting Nursery- You can access a welcome booklet here which is useful when talking to your child about starting Nursery, the last page contains information about how to support your child to get ready for Nursery
Links to some websites supporting parents and children starting Nursery
We are a 26 place Nursery and on any one-day/session the ratio is 1:13. We follow a visual timetable, which the children use to guide them through the day. A typical day may involve the following activities:
Soft start – parents encouraged to stay and play/read with their children to settle them in.
Welcome time – We all come together on the carpet to welcome each other using Hello, weather, counting songs.
Carpet activity/group time – an adult led activity to support and extend your child’s learning. These activities will support the areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Learning time – Child initiated learning. The children will be able to choose their own activities and play alongside their friends and adults in our learning environments, inside or outside.
Snack time – Fruit and milk is supplied by the school and the children will have access to their water bottles. Only water is allowed to promote healthy choices
Circle time – The class come together for stories, singing, dancing, music, celebrations
Lunch time – The children will be supported to get ready for lunch washing hands/toileting. They will then go to the dinner hall accompanied by the SMSA’s on duty. After lunch they will get a chance to play in the big playground.
Additional activities your child may experience are: Forest school, gymnastics and Drama